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Clay pigeon shooting

Clay pigeon shooting (also just called clay shooting) is an international target sport, featured at the Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games, in which shotguns are fired at moving targets. These targets, called clays, are round discs, shaped rather like small Frisbees, designed to break apart when hit by the pattern of shotgun pellets. In most events the clay is projected into the air from a spring-loaded or electrically-powered device called a trap, and is available to be shot at for just a few seconds. Quick reactions are therefore needed. In addition, the clay is often travelling across the shooter's field of view rather than straight towards or away from the gun, so that the shooter must compensate for this by judging the right amount of lead, aiming off to allow for the time taken for the shot to reach the target.

Your local clay pigeon shooting club will probably be very happy to help scouts try the sport. In some cases, scouts may be invited to earn a reduced price shoot by spending time picking up the clays and broken pieces from the ground after a club shoot!

How to run/provide clay pigeon shooting

There are 2 ways of running Clay pigeon shooting in Scouting. These are:

  1. Scout-led activity - running clay pigeon shooting yourself or using someone else in Scouting

  2. Externally-led activity - running clay pigeon shooting using an external provider

Fact sheets on clay pigeon shooting

The following activity fact sheets are relevant to this activity:






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